Two young Uruguayans died in a motorcycle accident in Croatia during a university graduate trip

Sibenik, the city on the Croatian coast where the deceased Uruguayans were staying (Getty Images) (Anton Petrus /)

(From Montevideo, Uruguay) – Two Uruguayans who were on a graduation trip from the School of Economics died in a motorcycle accident in Croatiawhen they were back to the hostel where they were staying, local media reported.

The victims of the accident were a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, who were traveling through the country on the night of August 24. They were returning from the city of Split to the hostel in Sibenik when, at a certain moment, they collided with a truck It was driven by a Slovenian.

The two young Uruguayans died on the spot. The authorities of the Croatian government were the ones who contacted the Consul General of Italy, who later informed the representatives of Uruguay, reported The Observer. The deceased man was traveling on an Italian passport.

As there is a lack of consular representation in Croatia, the contact was with the Italian consul general in Fiume (Rijeka, Croatia), who was the first contacted by the Croatian authorities.

The dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Jorge Xavier, lamented the death of the students, who also continued to be collaborators of the study center.

Faculty of Economic Sciences of Uruguay
The victims of an accident in Croatia were employees of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Uruguayan state university

“It is an absolutely unfortunate situation, that such young people have lost their lives in an accident when they were enjoying their long training process,” he lamented in a dialogue with the Uruguayan newscast. Underlined from Channel 10. Xavier pointed out that the trip they were making had an “undoubted academic component”.

After hearing the news of the death, the faculty began to process, together with the families and the Embassy of Uruguay in Italy, the repatriation of bodies and the belongings of the deceased.

“We are trying to cooperate with the families and see what kind of activities we can develop in the faculty. In addition, they were strongly linked to activities that we developed from an academic point of view”, said the dean of the faculty.

Xavier explained that the circumstances in which the collision with the van occurred are not clear. The news reached the educational authorities through this year’s travel group and then they received the official communication from the embassy in Italy.

Next Monday the 11th, the remains of the young people who died will arrive in Uruguay, Xavier reported. “We are in contact with the family and trying to respect their privacy and the pain that they are undoubtedly suffering,” said the head of the educational center.

The young deceased they had met during their academic career and had begun a courtship. After graduating, they continued collaborating with the faculty. They were part of a group dealing with issues of “critical economics” and “feminist economics.” The dean recognized the “contribution” that these young people made to the faculty, despite their youth.

The authorities of the educational center are considering holding an act in the faculty building itself as a way of remembering former students. “This human dimension that we develop from academic work is also part of the ethical component that we have to develop in the faculty,” said Xavier.

The trips of the Faculty of Economic Sciences are a classic for graduates of that study center belonging to the state University of the Republic (Udelar). It is part of a “tradition” that has been celebrated since 1952, as defined by the institution’s website.

The trip is designed to visit more than 80 countries and seeks to combine academic aspects with cultural and fun experiences. During the months that the trip lasts, it is mandatory to take some courses required by the faculty. Students of the institution who have at least 90% of the credits of the degree approved are authorized to make the trip. In the case of graduates, at the time of registering for the travel group they cannot exceed three years from the time of graduation.